Stop Thinking Backwards: Software is the Core

Lars Thinggaard, CEO & President of Milestone Systems explains how to make an IP network video system a value-adding business tool by thinking digital.

Lars Thinggaard, CEO & President of Milestone Systems explains how to make an IP network video system a value-adding business tool by thinking digital:

Traditionally, security systems are designed with the cameras in mind first then with added consideration for the infrastructure and cabling components. But this is old-school analog thinking. By starting with specifications for the video management software (VMS), a security system can be designed for more than just protecting assets. By thinking ‘digital’, an IP network video system can become a value-adding business tool, as well.

Video systems are moving into a new phase of usability and application. Based on the right software, a video management system takes on a much bigger role, with higher return on investment, by delivering more than just security. The focus is expanding to new opportunities with open platform VMS software as the core of the solution.

The fact that the VMS only makes up around 10 percent of the total cost of a video monitoring system often misleads people about the true value it holds. If the chosen VMS is not open enough, it will be difficult to adapt to future changes, and to integrate an existing system with new components.

Essentially, if the wrong decision is made when choosing the VMS, the other 90 percent of the purchase decreases in value! This is why it is essential when purchasing a security system to specify the software first, as the core of the solution.

This article was published in A&S India May 2014. Read the full article in A&S India Magazine.